Manga Review: One Piece V 9 Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump @vizmedia


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I have to admit that I was feeling a little ho-hum about this story arc – at first. I did read this years ago, and I even saw these episodes of the anime, but for some reason, they didn’t leave much of an impression. I am not a big Nami fan (or I wasn’t), and the thought of sloughing through her backstory just wasn’t overly appealing. Oops. I was wrong. It was pretty angsty, and this volume has one of the most touching panel sequences to date.

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Manga Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1—Phantom Blood, Vol. 3 by Hirohiko Araki


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This series. I just don’t know. It’s a little gorier than the other Shonen Jump manga that I’m reading, and the character designs are baffling. How do these guys fit through most doors, which are designed to accommodate normally proportioned mortals?

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Manga Review: Dance in the Vampire Bund V 11 by Nozomu Tamaki


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I felt a little more connected to the story with this volume. After the long gap of time between reading the series, I, naturally, forgot what was going on, and who was doing what, and felt really out of touch with the previous volume. I settled into the story with V 11, and enjoyed it a lot more than V 10. Both because the story makes sense again, and because there was more action this time around. And the evil Mina imposter is about to get her comeuppance. I hope.

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Manga Review: One Piece V 8 by Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump @vizmedia


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I actually read this in two chunks because I got distracted by life after Luffy’s battle with Don Krieg.  After several volumes of frantic action, sometimes the lulls are a little too tame for my mood. The next story arc with Arlong’s pirate crew wasn’t my favorite, so I didn’t really have much incentive for blowing through this volume. Let’s see if my opinion of Nami’s backstory has changed in 15+ years since I first read it.

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Manga Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1—Phantom Blood, Vol. 2 by Hirohiko Araki


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One thing I can say about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – it has a ton of action. If JoJo isn’t battling his lifelong nemesis, Dio, he’s training under his new mentor, Zeppeli. JoJo fights against vampires, zombies, and giants in this volume, and ho-boy, if that isn’t exhausting, I don’t know what is.

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Manga Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1—Phantom Blood V 1 by Hirohiko Araki


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I saw this in the library catalog, so I put a hold on it. When I went to pick it up, I was surprised to see that it’s a sturdy, well made hardcover. This series has been around forever, but it never grabbed my attention. I think it finally landed on my radar when I read the word “vampires” in connection with the story, but who knows what finally caught my interest.

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Manga Review: One Punch Man V 14 by ONE & Yusuke Murata @shonenjump @vizmedia


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ZOMG! This was such a great volume! The best so far, and the ending – wow! It almost had me in tears – before making me crack up. I can’t believe how much this series has improved, and how much I love it now. I am so glad that I kept reading, because I was going to give up at V 2. That would have been such a mistake.

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Manga Review: One Piece V 7 by Eiichiro Oda @vizmedia @shonenjump


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The battle for control of Baratie continues! Don Krieg proves again that he’s a ruthless cut-throat. And Gin, who is just following orders, beats the crap out of Sanji. Did I mention that the name of this volume is The Crap-Geezer? I wonder if they edited the word from a stronger description of poop?

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